Engineered hardwood flooring is a popular alternative to solid hardwood. The difference between the two is that a plank of solid hardwood is one cut of wood all the way through. A plank of engineered hardwood is a cut of solid wood on top of a compacted layer of composite wood. In this way, you can sometimes get the look of hardwood at a more affordable price. Engineered hardwood can even be used in locations that solid hardwood can’t, such as the basement.


There are a number of misconceptions about engineered hardwood flooring, such as the idea that it’s not “real” wood or that it’s not as durable. Learn the facts on engineered hardwood in this week’s blog.

Misconceptions About Engineered Hardwood Flooring

  • Engineered Hardwood Isn’t Durable

Engineered hardwood is a very durable flooring solution. The top layer of engineered hardwood is solid wood. Manufacturers frequently offer warranties of between 30 and 50 years, which shows that they stand behind this product.

  • Engineered Hardwood Can’t Be Refinished

Almost all engineered hardwood can be refinished, as long as the veneer is 2 mm or thicker. The thicker the veneer, the more times it can be refinished.

  • Engineered Hardwood Looks Obviously Different from Solid Hardwood

While there is some difference in the way both planks look, engineered hardwood has come a long way. Modern engineered hardwood is very hard to distinguish from solid hardwood.

Engineered Hardwood Facts

Now that we’ve cleared up a few of the common misconceptions, here are a few more facts about engineered hardwood that you might find interesting.

  • It’s More Cost-Effective than Solid Hardwood

Let’s say you want a particularly exotic species of wood. If you go the solid route, this probably won’t be cheaper. If you choose engineered wood, it will be more affordable. Why? Because with engineered wood, more planks can be created from every tree, since each plank uses less wood than a solid plank. This makes it less expensive for you, but you still get that exotic look you wanted.

  • Engineered Hardwood Is Suitable for More Applications

Want to install wood floors in your basement? You can’t install solid hardwood below grade, but you can install engineered hardwood below grade. You can even install it directly on a concrete subfloor. Engineered hardwood can also be installed in other places where solid hardwood might have problems, such as the kitchen.

  • Installation of Engineered Hardwood is Faster

Engineered hardwood planks are almost always pre-finished, and they also have an interlocking mechanism that makes installation much faster and easier than solid hardwood.

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